Author Archive | Justin Cambria

“Spring Cleaning” for Recovery: What to do about summer?

As March turns to April in New England, one day we are watching the news anticipating a blizzard, and the next, the birds are chirping and the Red Sox start playing at Fenway Park. This seasonal change happens fast! Just as suddenly, summer will be here. Students look forward to their summer breaks, families prepare […]

Mayor De Blasio, New York City Announce New Plan to Combat Opiod Deaths

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city of New York have announced a new plan to invest $38 million toward the ambitious goal of reducing heroin and opioid overdose deaths by 35% over five years, per the NYTimes. These funds will use to bolster efforts in a number of critical areas: expanded access to methadone and […]

Legal Marijuana: Substance Abuse Recovery Implications

It’s election day eve, as the nation ponders Clinton vs. Trump, which way the senate will swing, and countless other anxiety provoking questions about the future. Massachusetts voters will weigh in on Ballot Question 4, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana. The Boston Globe – which published in Op-Ed supporting a yes on 4 […]

[Video] Arden O’Connor & Zack Faas: Presentation on Eating Disorders with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse

OPG’s CEO Arden O’Connor and Clinical Coordinator Zack Faas recently gave a presentation on how OPG’s case management services have helped clients with eating disorders and co-occurring substance abuse issues. They reviewed some of our consulting procedures for helping families facing these challenges, and some case examples detailing how our case managers work with such […]

[AUDIO]: OPG Recovery Coaches Featured on Common Ground Radio Show

Last week, our friends at Common Ground radio kindly invited two of our Recovery Coaches to be featured on a broadcast. Hands-on, community based support for addicts, alcoholics, eating disorder patients, and mental health patients is a topic of growing interest in the media. Martha Bebinger and WBUR’s CommonHealth blog recently ran a lengthy feature […]

Why Heroin?

This post originally appeared in September, 2014, following Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, at Why do supposedly smart people become addicted to heroin? Why do they use it in the first place, when it has a reputation as a low-class, junkie drug? What’s the attraction? What’s the high? With the recent death of Philip Seymour […]

Recovery Coaching with Heroin Addicts on Cape Cod

Recovery coaching services are still widely unknown, even amongst treatment circles. Few families in crisis, or with families with sons or daughters in inpatient substance abuse treatment, are aware that such services exist. In early recovery, it’s hard to overstate the value of a hands-on partner and support person to help a newly sober addict […]